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Anuga FoodTec 2012 set to expand: record exhibitors and exhibition space

From 27th to 30th March 2012 the international food technology sector will once again meet at Anuga FoodTec in Cologne. Anuga FoodTec offers the international food business an information and purchasing platform that covers the entire spectrum of technology and investment requirements for production in all segments of the food industry. With almost 1,300 exhibitors from 35 countries, Anuga FoodTec will be setting a new record turnout. What's more, the trade fair is also set to expand in terms of exhibition space. Anuga FoodTec is jointly organized by Koelnmesse GmbH and the German Agricultural Society (DLG).

The sixth Anuga FoodTec will present all the relevant themes of food production to the international food business on the basis of the three pillars Food Processing, Food Packaging and Food Safety. Approximately 1,300 exhibitors from 35 countries will present their technical innovations and cutting-edge solutions in Cologne. Compared to the previous event, the trade fair is set to expand its participation figures by more than 16 per cent this year. Over 50 per cent of the exhibiting companies will come from abroad. The majority of these participants come from Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, France, Great Britain and Sweden, followed by Spain, Austria, Turkey and the United States. In addition to the world market leader TetraPak, numerous key players will participate, including Albert Handtmann, Alco-Food-Machines, Alpma, Baader Nordischer Maschinenbau, Bizerba, Ecolab, Fuji Packaging, GEA, Grundfos, Grundwald, Heinen Freezing, Henckert Engineering, Inauen, Indag, IMA Industries Unipersonale, Ishida, Kawasaki Robotics, Kiremko, Komet Maschinenfabrik, Kronen Nahrungsmitteltechnik, Krones, Linde Gas, Maja Maschinenfabrik, Maschinenfabrik Seydelmann, Mespack, Mettler Toledo, Meypack Verpackungstechnik, Multivac, Provisur Technologies Formax, Reepack, Robert Bosch, SACMI, Schwarte Jansky, Sidel, Siemens Industry Sector, SPX Flow Technology, Tipper Tie Alpina, Treif, Trepko, Vemag Maschinenbau and Weber Maschinenbau. Also taking part will be many new companies from Germany and abroad that are exhibiting at Anuga FoodTec for the first time in 2012. More than 400 new exhibitors have registered for Anuga FoodTec so far.

This growth in exhibitor turnout is also reflected in the size of the exhibition area. In addition to the large number of new exhibitors, many regular exhibitors have signed up for significantly larger stand areas. As a result, Anuga FoodTec will not only occupy Halls 4.1, 5.1, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.1, as in 2009, but will also integrate Hall 5.2 for the first time, thus creating a gross exhibition space of 127,000 square metres - a gross increase of 10,000 square metres.

As food and beverage producers, visitors to Anuga FoodTec can expect integrated and flexibly usable technology concepts ranging across all technologies of the entire production process and covering all stages of food and beverage production. The following sectors will be represented: process technology, packaging technology (including filling technology), automation, data processing, control and regulation technology, food safety and quality management, environmental technology, bio-engineering, operating materials, air conditioning and cooling technology, conveying, transport and storage installations, logistics, technological process materials, ingredients, components, assemblies, surface technology, equipment and services.

In addition to the exhibitor presentations, Anuga FoodTec will therefore also feature a diverse, top-quality supporting programme that will provide answers to specific questions and include special shows of innovative concepts.

Under the direction of the DLG, 27 specialist forums will address topics and questions of current interest to the sector, with presentations by leading research institutes and associations. The programme will consist of the following elements: emulsifying technology, process-structure-function-relations in food, the use of ultrasound in food technology, energy efficiency, coating and capsules, sensor technology, nanotechnology, controlled-temperature logistics, meat technology, cooling and freezing, KIN forum on the subject "Successful Strategies for Chilled Ready Meals", the HighTech Europe Innovation & Technology Transfer Workshop, dosing and weighing technology, seals, nozzles and pumps, IT solutions for the food industry, the future of food technology, the use of robots in baked goods production, packaging technology, extruder technology, modified atmosphere packaging, "Inside Food", maintaining the global food supply, the High Tech Europe Stakeholder event "Future of Food Processing", foreign object detection, halal food production, fresh convenience, clean room technology and allergy management.

Anuga FoodTec 2012 will also be accompanied by top-class conferences. The congress organized by the European Federation of Food Science and Technology (EFFoST) will show the latest developments in the production of chilled food, with a particular focus on fresh-cut products. The symposium by the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG) will share comprehensive know-how on the role of hygiene technology in the production of undamaged and healthy food. A particular focus will be on hygienic design and guidelines for hygienic processing. Once again Anuga FoodTec will be hosting International Fruit World (IFW). Under the title "An Opportunity for Fruit Juice?", the congress will focus on several cutting-edge topics, including markets and trends, quality assurance, process technology and the raw materials procurement market. Experts from the worlds of business, industry, science and research will give a series of talks underlining the strategic importance of sustainable management.

For the second time now, the Nova Institute will organize a conference on "Sustainable Packaging - SusPack" at Anuga FoodTec. Over the course of two conference days, presentations and discussions will analyse the current challenges and solutions in the field of sustainable packaging. One focus will be on organically based packaging and the questions it raises: Where and how has organically based packaging already been successfully established? What advantages does it offer, and what do we need to know about its use? And finally, which innovations, trends and potentials can be predicted? At a joint event with Anuga FoodTec, nova-Institut GmbH will for the first time issue the "SusPack-Award" for the most innovative and most sustainable packaging solution introduced on the market in 2011/2012. Following a pre-selection round, a panel of judges will choose the overall winner on the first day of the conference. The prize will be awarded in a special evening event on 29th March 2012.?

New international challenges, guidelines and procedures as well as packaging trends for the meat industry will be the subject of the half-day conference of the online publication which will take place on 28th March 2012.

In addition, this year's trade fair will host a world-premiere live presentation of the Robotic Pack Line, which cannot be seen in this form anywhere else and will demonstrate new possibilities for the sector. This time, the show will demonstrate the hygienic handling of real fresh meat. In a complete production line, robots will automatically take E2 boxes from pallets and check the fresh meat contained in the boxes. A robot equipped with a hygienic gripper will take the pieces of meat out of the boxes and place them in a piece of primary packaging (a tray), which it then seals. After the seams of the seal have been checked and the product labelled, a Scara robot will lay the finished pieces of primary packaging in the cleaned E2 boxes, which are then automatically placed onto the palette. Another section of the Robotic Pack Line will demonstrate a high-performance secondary packaging process. Here, the trays are automatically removed, checked, labelled and put into boxes. The trays are then labelled as well and placed onto pallets.

For the first time, Anuga FoodTec will stage a Careers Day this year. This initiative will enable closer contact between the exhibitors at Anuga FoodTec and students and graduates of related subjects, thus strengthening the sector's recruitment strategies. Careers Day will take place on Friday, 30th March 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

An overview of the entire supporting programme, including detailed information on the topics, speakers, places and times, can be found on the Anuga FoodTec website at or

Anuga FoodTec will take place from Tuesday, 27th to Friday, 30th March 2012. For four days it will offer a concentrated overview of machines and equipment as well as services for the food and beverage production industry. The trade fair is open to trade visitors only. Anuga FoodTec will be open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Exhibitors can make all the necessary preparations for their visit on the Anuga FoodTec website, In addition to online visitor registration, the website provides affordable and time-saving assistance with travel and hotel arrangements. The "Matchmaking" online tool also enables trade visitors to research various exhibitors and product segments before the trade fair and to contact exhibitors directly.

Admission fees: a day ticket costs €40 (€24 in advance), a two-day ticket costs €50 (€34 in advance), and a season ticket costs €80 (€54 in advance).
Admission for food technology students is €14. The catalogue costs €25.

The admission ticket entitles the bearer to travel free of charge on buses, trams and trains (second class only) of the Cologne Municipal Transport Authority (KVB) and the Rhein-Sieg Transport Authority (VRS). This service is not valid on trains of the German railway company Deutsche Bahn AG that are subject to a supplementary charge.